It’s time for the Chicago Bulls to make their pitch.

Free agency opens today, and they’re expected to get an audience with the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. Luring the prize of this year’s crop out of New York to team with the returning Derrick Rose would vault them right back into contention in the Eastern Conference.

Coach Tom Thibodeau says the Bulls “have a lot to offer.”

He spoke Monday at a news conference to introduce first-round draft pick Doug McDermott of Creighton and second-rounder Cameron Bairstow of New Mexico.

The Bulls made the playoffs with 48 wins despite losing Rose to another knee injury early last season, wiping out whatever chance they had at knocking off Miami in the East.

OPTION DECLINED — The Detroit Pistons said they won’t pick up the team option on Chauncey Billups’ contract for the 2014-15 season.

Coach Stan van Gundy said the 37-year-old guard “will always be a valued member of the Detroit Pistons’ family.”

Owner Tom Gores said Billups has shown “leadership, dedication and excellence both on and off the court” and he’ll have “a long and bright future” in the league.

Boston drafted Billups out of Colorado in 1997. He played for Detroit from 2002-2008 and again in 2013.

He also has played for Denver, Orlando, Toronto, Minnesota, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.

NO OFFERS — The Minnesota Timberwolves declined to extend qualifying offers to forward Robbie Hummel and guard Othyus Jeffers, making both of them unrestricted free agents.

NELSON WAIVED — The Orlando Magic waived veteran guard Jameer Nelson.

That ends the run of the Magic’s longest-tenured player at 10 seasons.

BIG HOPES — Danny Ainge says the Boston Celtics’ two new draftees have the passion and skill that help teams become good.

And the team’s president of basketball operations hopes newcomers Marcus Smart and James Young can contribute to the Celtics on that long journey.

The team introduced them at a news conference Monday.

RETURN TO NUGGETS — Arron Afflalo is looking forward to his return to the Denver Nuggets after being acquired from Orlando in a draft-day deal last week.

The 28-year-old shooting guard is coming off a season with the Magic during which he averaged a career-high 18.2 points.

In some ways, Afflalo feels like he never really left the Nuggets as he always kept close tabs on his former team.

Yet plenty has changed in his two-year absence, namely George Karl being replaced as coach by Brian Shaw. Afflalo is ready to take on whatever role Shaw has for him.

“I have no problem doing whatever Coach asks of me,” Afflalo said.